Community Opportunities

Looking for a job, volunteer opportunity, or exciting event? Here are some community wide happenings!

Next Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm, the Jewish Studies program will host a special screening of the Movie “Bialik: King of The Jews”, which will be followed by a discussion with its creator, Yair Qedar.  The Hebrews is a documentary project on the Hebrew and Jewish literary canon, centered on cinematic portraits of Hebrew writers from the 17 century to recent days. “Bialik: King of the Jews” tells the story of Hayim Nachman Bialik, known as  Israel’s  “National Poet”.

Pardes post-collegiate Fellowship opportunities

Each Fellowship, as a part of the Pardes Year/Semester Program, is open to a small cohort of exceptional individuals who wish to explore these areas of interest while engaging in deep, relevant, immersive Jewish learning:

  • *New* Mahloket Matters (Constructive Disagreement) Fellowship
    Open to emerging leaders who have demonstrated a firm commitment to furthering constructive dialogue within their campus or local communities, across political, denominational and/or religious lines.
  • Social Justice Fellowship
    Open to applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of social justice, either as a student, professional or volunteer lay leader. Applicants should be passionate about the field and interested in infusing their work with a deep level of Jewish knowledge relating to social justice issues.
  • Arts & Culture Fellowship
    Open to applicants with rich backgrounds in a variety of creative media, and/or in arts education. The Arts & Culture Fellows will submit a proposal for a year-long creative project that will be informed by their intensive Jewish text study, will create arts programming for the community, and be connected with a mentor from within the Pardes network.

All Pardes Fellows receive a guaranteed living expenses grant and highly subsidized Year/Semester Program tuition.

NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship

About the Social Justice Fellowships

The NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowships enables post-college Jewish leaders to spend 10 months immersed in the movement for social change in Israel. Fellows will be placed in premier Israeli social change organizations for a year of in-depth work and learning. Fellows participate in monthly seminars and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of society, activism, and progressive social change in Israel.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work within a social change organization in one of the following areas:

*Safeguarding civil and human rights and strengthening democracy

*Building shared society
*Promoting Palestinian civic equality *Advancing social and economic justice *Advocating for religious freedom

Requirements

Applicants must be college graduates by the start of the fellowship. Successful applicants must have strong Hebrew language or Arabic skills.

The fellowship year runs from September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.

About NIF and Shatil

The New Israel Fund (NIF) the preeminent engine of social-change in Israel works to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel. Shatil, NIF’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel, builds organizational capacity of NIF grantees and civil society organizations through training, consultation, coalition-building assistance.

Visit www.nif.org/sjf for more information about 2020-21 NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowships

Hand in Hand Volunteer and Internship Opportunity

We are seeking volunteers to work at the Hand in Hand summer day camp program in Jerusalem. Hand in Hand (Yad b’Yad) has created a network of integrated schools serving Israeli Arab and Jewish children, teens, families and the wider community. We have six schools and over 1900 students, as well as several thousand Arab and Jewish adults engaged in our shared society programs.

Hand in Hand makes a serious impact for building Jewish-Arab partnership and shared society in Israel.

Project Harmony is our summer camp program in Jerusalem. The camp is run in English for 4th-8th grade youngsters and the staff are primarily volunteer college students from the U.S. We are eager to have people apply for this opportunity, please see the website for additional details and application information. This work can be considered as an internship and many colleges can offer funding for this.

Genealogical Research Intern

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 17th 2020

We are looking for six interns for summer 2020 to support the Descendants’ Day initiative of B’nai Israel Congregation. Descendants’ Day is simultaneously an extensive ​genealogical and history project, ​and​ a unique community building initiative, connecting people to their heritage and drawing fresh attention and energy to the historic Jewish community of Jonestown.

We require someone who is very comfortable with teamwork, historical research, and new initiatives. The candidate should possess the ability to display imagination, ingenuity and humor in solving problems, and an enjoyment in working with a diverse range of people.

The intern(s) will work with and report to the Descendants ’Day Project Team of professional and non-professional volunteers managed by the B’nai Israel Director of Special Projects, but will have access to the professional development opportunities offered through The Jewish Museum of Maryland, including a required orientation on Monday, June 1st 2020.

Summer internships include a small stipend but do not cover housing or transportation.

Areas of Responsibility: ​There are three major areas of support the intern(s) will provide: Research, Preparation of communications materials. Special event development.

Please send a resume and references by Friday, April 17th, 2020 to ​office@jewishdowntown.org​.

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